Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters

Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Top Inshore Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Inshore Fishing in Sarasota

Sarasota inshore fishing is what most local charters focus on, and with good reason. Sarasota has year-round populations of several shallow-water favorites including Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. The area also has some important summer visitors like Tarpon and Snook which make fighting the heat well worth the effort.

What to catch and when to target it

Hit the shallows pretty much any time of year and you will see why Sarasota inshore fishing is such a big deal. Even in the sleepy months of January and February, the waters are alive with three of the most important inshore species in the country. 
 
The local grass flats, sandbars, and mangroves offer an endless playground for inshore anglers. The different environments mean you can never get bored. Redfish, Trout, and Flounder thrive all year round in these waters, and there are plenty charters waiting to take you.
 
If you fancy something more than the area’s permanent residents, the best time to come is in summer. Snook, Permit, and Tarpon swarm the shallows from May onwards. The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament brings anglers from across the country to fish for these awesome fish, which can mean the price of charters rise. All three species stick around until at least the end of August though, so you can beat the crowds if you can take the sun.

How to fish

The variety of environments in the Sarasota Bay area means that you can basically take your pick of fishing techniques. Spin anglers and fly fishing enthusiasts will fall in love with the area. If sight casting is more your thing, you will plenty of tailing Reds and shimmering Permit to land a well-placed line in front of. For a more heavy-duty challenge, Sarasota Tarpon fishing offers battles in even the skinniest waters. Tarpon weighing in excess of 200 pounds are caught every year here, making this one of the best Tarpon fisheries in the country.
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Reviews of Inshore Fishing in Sarasota

Fishing with Sam
Craig J. fished with Suncoast Fishing Adventures on November 8, 2021
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Sun coast fishing. Be ready for a great time
Half day
Kevin P. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on August 1, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for the extreme heat in July and august
First charter fishing and caught THIS!
Laura W. fished with Reel Knowledge Fishing on June 9, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
May fishing trip
Steven C. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on May 29, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Half day in May
Angel S. fished with Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters on May 26, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Seems morning trips are better fishing in May!
Half day trip with Captain Alex
Kevin Q. fished with Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters on May 20, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring sunscreen, good attitude, and plenty of cold beer.
Half day trip
Cooper A. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on February 23, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call Captain Chris and First Mate Scott.
Half day offshore with Capt Chris and “D”
Kelly H. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on November 27, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Sarasota